Chinese Swimming Pools: Most crowded in the World

On 09/08/2013 by Site Default

Swimming has long been a symbol of physical strength in China, yet outside the country’s elite sports schools competitive swimming is not an option for ordinary Chinese who might want to take it up as a hobby. For most Chinese, pools are only a place to cool off, not to race. During the peak days of summer when the heat becomes unbearable, the pools explode into a riot of colors as thousands of people jump into it to escape the scorching heat. The popular slang expression used for going swimming is “boiling dumplings” because public pools are so crowded that all a person can do is stand on the spot.

Lack of swimming facilities is the main reason why pools are crowded in China, and because of this people cannot pursue swimming as a year-round hobby. “Many local governments cannot generate enough money from indoor pools to run them year-round”, said Zhang Yeduan, deputy head of the Hongkou Public Pool, Shanghai’s largest…


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